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Category Manager Job

Location(s): CO - Denver; MN - Minneapolis


Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills and talents to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.



We are looking for Category Managers that could be located in either Minneapolis, MN; Denver, CO; or Amarillo, TX.


There are a number of open category manager positions that will be hired and the categories that may be assigned include (but are not limited to): Gas Construction; Wind Services; Engineering Services; Turbines & Generators; IT Services; Pipeline Maintenance and Repair; Electrical Equipment; Construction Services; Technical Services; Mechanical Equipment, Cooling Towers; Plant Systems; Consulting Services; Electric Construction; Meter Equipment; Transformers; Wind Equipment; Solar, Battery, Hydro Equipment; Foundation Construction; Design Engineering; Civil Constr., Traffic Control, Underground Drilling and Trenching; Industrial Parts and Supplies; Air Handling/HVAC, Security, Building Maintenance & Repair Services; Fleet O&M, Fleet Purchases (parts and vehicles), Lubricants and Oils; Software/Licensing; Telecom Services; Computer Hardware, IT Peripherals, Comm Equipment; Energy Efficiency and Marketing.


Position Summary

Develop and execute sourcing category, supplier, and risk management strategies aligned with business priorities for key categories. Lead cross functional teams to drive successful project and category outcomes/results. Plan and lead competitive sourcing events using an enterprise-wide approach, incorporating external factors intelligence in support of category strategies. Develop negotiation strategies and negotiate commercial terms with suppliers to achieve category objectives. Lead supplier performance, relationship, and development activities to ensure category strategy adherence. Develop and execute contracts with key suppliers.

Essential Responsibilities


  • Develop and implement enterprise-wide category strategies to optimize cost and improve operations. Collaborate with business stakeholders to align business demands, category/contract strategy, and execution. Perform spend and cost analysis (e.g. total cost of ownership & should cost models). Develop category strategies to achieve maximum value capture. Complete supplier research and risk profiles. Monitor industry information, external factors, and trends to ensure category strategies align with best practices. In conjunction with logistics personnel, implement optimal inventory strategies.
  • Lead multiple strategic supplier performance, relationship and development management efforts focused on improving total cost of ownership, quality, delivery, and continuous improvement. Develop plans with suppliers that support business goals, drive continuous improvement, and promote collaboration to strengthen partnerships. Develop performance-based supplier scorecards. Monitor, document, and evaluate supplier performance. Lead the resolution of disputes with suppliers.
  • Lead negotiations of commercial terms to establish contracts that support category strategies while meeting business requirements, including limits of liability and general terms & conditions. Review, analyze, verify, and negotiate contract changes or additional work orders. Monitor compliance across buying channel, supplier, and contract purchasing execution. Manage contractor claims to resolution and successfully minimize overall impact to cost and schedule. Ensure suppliers comply with contract terms and meet all commitments. Develop and communicate contract summary and implementation plans.
  • Develop risk management strategies and in conjunction with Legal and Security teams, apply understanding of underlying principles of contract law to administer all category contract agreements. In collaboration with business area management, manage and define the risk elements of the contract.
  • Lead cross functional teams from the business and Supply Chain to drive successful project and category outcomes/results. Create and manage project plans to implement category strategies. Interacts with business leadership to integrate sourcing and business project plans. Manage Supply Chain, business, and supplier continuous improvement efforts. Lead change management efforts.

Minimum Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, business, or related technical/analytical field.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience (6 years of experience in addition to the required 5 years) may be considered in lieu of a bachelor's degree.
  • MBA as well as Certified Professional in Supply Chain Management (CPSM) or other supply chain certification preferred.
  • Requires five years of supply chain experience with focus in sourcing.
  • Two years of contract formation knowledge and experience.
  • Negotiation and project management skills preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft® Office Suite and significant experience with purchasing and sourcing systems is required.
  • Demonstrated customer service skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship skills are required.
  • Required to attend meetings in various locations, up to 20% travel; driver’s license required.




COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement 
COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities. With employee health and safety as our top priority, Xcel Energy requires all new persons be fully vaccinated or receive a formal medical or religious accommodation prior to their start date, unless prohibited by state or local law. 


As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  CO - Denver || CO - Denver; MN - Minneapolis || United States (US) || Generation || 42808:Dir SC Sourcing Svc || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $87,000 to $123,666 per year

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Requisition Number: 38456

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